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Hillsborough GOP treasurer resigns, Pinellas Republicans cut off Jim Dobyns

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Paul Phillips, the treasurer of the Hillsborough Republican Party, resigned last week.

According to Deborah Cox-Roush: “Paul was not asked to resign but did so due to the fact that he is a banking attorney and very busy with his job. Paul was a great asset to our board and is a great asset to the HCRP. I am saddened that he resigned because he was a good member of our board, however, he is the type of person that gives 100% to any task he takes on and he felt that he was just not able to give the time to the Treasurer’s position that he needed and wanted to give because he is so busy with his job at this time. Paul remains and I welcome him to remain a very active part of the HCRP.”

Across the bay, the Pinellas GOP reportedly has ended payments to Jim Dobyns, the former campaign manager for Democrat Ed Helm, a week after my post detailing the party’s finances.

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